More On

Philly takes millions, but now faces lawsuit

The Institute for Justice, a libertarian public-interest law firm, filed a federal class-action lawsuit to end the practice in Philadelphia, which it calls "ground zero for forfeiture abuse"

A class-action federal civil rights lawsuit has been filed by the Institute for Justice and the Philadelphia civil liberties law firm of Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing and Feinberg, accuses Philadelphia, Philadelphia Police Department and the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office for violating the civil rights of thousands of Philadelphians who have had their homes confiscated by the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office.  

"The city's prosecutors have turned this legal tool into a machine that devours people's property, while taking away their constitutional rights," Darpana Sheth, an attorney for the institute, said at a recent press conference.

Contributing Author

author image

Amanda Ciccatelli

Amanda G. Ciccatelli is a Contributing Writer for InsideCounsel, where she covers the patent litigation space. Amanda earned a B.A. in Communications and Journalism from...

Bio and more articles

Join the Conversation

Advertisement. Closing in 15 seconds.